This was a cruise to tick off 2 bucket list items, Petra and Suez Canal,
We arrived early Monday morning and got to the port at 8:45 ish, Celebrity opened check-in at 9am for around 100 of us but we did have to wait until 11am to get on the ship.
We were expecting warm temperatures but not the 37-43 centrigrade we had.
We did the Magical Muscat tour and were not disappointed though the time spent at the souk could have been halved.
Aqaba we did a private tour to Petra, we did have a few misgivings as our driver was not there to meet us, however he had gone to the wrong ship, thinking that as we were Brits we would be on Queen Mary but the agent soon told him we were on Constellation.
What a day, this well exceeded every expectation, the sights magical, the scenery stunning, the people very welcoming.
Suez, we thought would be one straight long canal, but how wrong were we, it has bends, lakes and contrasting scenery on the two banks. Mickeylive did a commentary every hour from the bridge and this helped make this a very good day. Most of the ship was wandering around to get various vantage points including the helipad too.
Athens we wandered across to Mandraki harbour for a change and Katakolon was a very beautiful village for the day.
The crew as usual were brilliant and the food was much improved since our last voyage in January. It is tired looking but as I write this, it is in dry dock for refurbishment
Cabin was midships, clean comfortable but needs new soft furnishings.
We have been to Olympia on a previous visit to Katakolon so stayed in town, and what a pretty town this is, dont simply pass through, it is worthy of an hour or two.
having been to Athens many times and having spent time in the city we stayed in Piraeus, we walked to Mandraki harbour and this is a lovely place to while away a few hours, as we know the short cuts we only saw 1 beggar, despite an American moaning there were hundreds ??????
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The tour was very good and the mosque was amazing but sorry I dont agree with the dress code. I did cover up but do not agree with it.View All 13 Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Reviews